11 June 2018

South Africa: Siya Kolisi's Boks' Magical Night Out

Photo: allafrica.com
Left: Comrades marathon runner Bongmusa Mthembu celebrates his victory. Top-right: Banyana Banyana walloped hapless Lesotho at Dr Petrus Molemela stadium in Bloemfontein (file). Bottom-right: Rugby Sevens after their win at the Paris Sevens series.

Tests at Ellis Park are always magic. Sometimes, like on Saturday night, that magic tends to linger a little longer. The Springboks are far from the finished product, but the comeback win over England showed that there are glimpses of something special.

It might be the memories of the 1995 World Cup. Or maybe it's the altitude. But there's something about a Test at Ellis Park that just raises the intensity a bit. The anthem is louder. The silence hums harder.

And your own bones can almost feel the crunching of tackles and the grass burns of the tries.

Even if you are not physically there, the atmosphere creeps up on your neck hairs and calls them to attention.

Then, once in a while, another jolt is added for monumental moments. Tests against the All Blacks. A much-anticipated debut. Or Siya Kolisi's first Test as Springbok captain.

Sentiment around South Africa's sports teams tends to swing from extremes and it was no different on Saturday night as the Springboks engineered the...

More on This

Powell Credits SA Sevens Structures After Series Win

The Springbok Sevens team on Sunday did a French double by not only defending their Paris Sevens title, but in the… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.